An analysis released by the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York on Tuesday found state lawmakers who are also practicing attorneys combined earned millions of dollars in outside income on top of their $79,500 base pay.

The analysis, based on the recently filed annual income statements lawmakers and state elected officials are required to file with the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, found the outside income could total as much as $4.2 million for lawmakers who are also attorneys.

The average pay was as much as $239,000, the analysis found.

The Lawsuit Reform Alliance has sought in recent years to counter the influence of the trial lawyers’ lobby in New York through regulatory reforms.

The analysis this year comes after both legislative leaders at the start of the legislative session in January were arrested on corruption charges and forced to step down.

Both Sheldon Silver, a Democrat, and Republican Dean Skelos were employed by influential law firms, but have stepped aside as they fight the corruption charges.

In Silver’s case, the charges stemmed in part from the intersection of his legal work on asbestos cases in which prosecutors allege he masked bribes and kickbacks as legal referrals.

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan announced after he was elected to replace Skelos that he had stepped down from his law firm.

“Any time you have public officials receiving two, three, even ten times more than their state salary from outside legal work, there are going to be questions about conflicting interests,” said the group’s executive director, Tom Stebbins. “Personal injury firms in particular profit from New York’s unbalanced tort laws, which are generally set at the state level. One has to wonder in the personal injury lawyer-legislators are in office to serve the interests of New York, or their personal injury law firms. It was just six months ago that former Speaker Sheldon Silver charged with public corruption after receiving millions of dollars from the plaintiffs’ firm Weitz & Luxenberg, which federal prosecutors claim were nothing more than bribes and kickbacks.”

The Legislature is technically a part-time job, allowing lawmakers to earn money outside of government.

An effort to create a “full-time” Legislature that bans outside pay

Power of Attorney 2015 Outside Income Addendum by Nick Reisman